Long time reader first time poster.
I have a pretty general question, but something that angers me constantly.
I’m 29 years old, will be 30 in January. Have a little baby girl, and about to transition into a job that will be ~50 hours a week. The only time I have to work out is early in the morning, and at 4:00am I am constantly convincing myself I’m too tired and should lay back down. I spend the rest of the day cursing myself for not getting up and working out.
I pissed away my best training years by constantly jumping programs back and forth, and having a garbage nutrition plan. College was spent eating fast food and pizza, and the previous 6 years have just been a mess of no-carb/high-carb/carb cycling/etc.
My problem is that if I don’t see immediate results (which is NOT the right mindset obviously) I automatically assume it’s not working and I need to change.
I’ve read through a ton of the main threads on the site, and also read plenty of articles. My main area of concern is that the majority of these articles are aimed towards the 16-20 year old kids that can put on muscle by walking by the weight rack.
Is it too late for me? I weigh 170lbs, ~6’0", and look scrawny as hell. I’ve never had abs, and have always had a nice little layer of belly fat to keep those away. So I don’t even get the benefit of looking scrawny!
And so of course with beach weather coming up, even as I type this I’m not sure if I should just committ for the next 3-5 years to gaining mass and worry about a beach body later, or do I do something like the “destroying fat” program on here to try and lose that belly fat and worry about size in the winter?
On top of it all I’m worried that at 29-30 years old it’s going to take even longer (if possible) to gain size and look like any of the regulars on here.
I think it’s obviously to see I’m confused just by how this post is all over the place. I am wondering if it’s just too late in my life to put on a good amount of size but also remain lean enough to look good. My ideal look would be a bodybuilder look, not a powerlifter look.